Richard H. Axelrod cofounded The Axelrod Group, Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large-scale organizational change. He now brings 30 years of consulting and teaching experience to this work, with clients such as Boeing, Coca-Cola, Harley Davidson, and Hewlett Packard, and is the author of several books and articles. Axelrod received the 2011 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Jackie Kaplan is the Curriculum Coordinator and practicum lab leader, has served as the keynote speaker and instructor for a conference on Grassroots Fundraising hosted by the Southside Arts & Humanities Network. She is uniquely qualified to be the curriculum coordinator (attending all 12 hours of the program) and instructor because of her experience working with community-based organizations in the field of fundraising and board development. Founder of Get Sums, a consulting firm for non-profit organizations, Jackie has a proven track record of training individuals to become effective Board members. Jackie Kaplan has been a fundraiser and trainer in Chicago’s philanthropic and political communities for almost two decades. She has worked in development at the Chicago Foundation for Women, the National Center on Poverty Law and as the finance director for Jan Schakowsky’s successful bid for United States Congress. Jackie has also been an instructor for the Donors Forum of Chicago and Northwestern University. Jackie served as co-chair for Senator Barack Obama’s Gay and Lesbian Outreach Committee during his 2004 Senate race, as well as on the Board of Directors of Rogers Park Montessori School, Horizons Community Services, Community Media Workshop, Public Allies, The Chicago Reporter, A Sporting Chance Foundation and the Peace Museum.
Elizabeth Milnikel brings her professional expertise as a law school professor with her personal passion in the arts (and her experience on the board of a small arts organization) to this position. Elizabeth Milnikel is the Director of the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School. Under Beth’s guidance, Chicago law students take their first steps into the practice of law by providing legal advice to lower income entrepreneurs. Recently, Beth and her students have negotiated agreements for a toy company’s characters to be used in a video game, advised the founders of a barbeque sauce business on how to structure their shareholders agreements, drafted loan agreements for a stand-up comedy producer, and assisted a café through the maze of license and permit requirements. Beth also teaches a seminar on entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School, to introduce law students to the significance of entrepreneurship in our system of government and the legal obstacles entrepreneurs must overcome. Under her leadership, the Clinic has extended its reach to many entrepreneurs and community leaders, so that many more people may learn why the law must be made a help, rather than a hindrance, for inner city entrepreneurs. In 2009, she co-authored a study of legal obstacles to entrepreneurship in Chicago, Regulatory Field. The study has inspired politicians and the public alike to advocate for legislative reform. Beth came to the IJ Clinic from the law firm Sidley Austin Brown & Wood, where she practiced for several years with a specialty in intellectual property litigation. Prior to joining Sidley, she clerked for the Honorable Bruce M. Selya on the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Beth received her J.D. magna cum laude from University of Michigan Law School in 1999. During her time at Michigan, she served as Managing Editor of the Michigan Law Review and interned in the General Counsel’s office of the Guggenheim Museum. As an undergraduate, Beth studied Comparative Literature at Yale University, graduating magna cum laude in 1996. Beth remains active in the arts as well, singing in both the Apollo Chorus of Chicago and Chicago Chorale. She served on the board of Apollo Chorus for many years, including terms as Membership Chair, Vice-President, and President.
Lisa M. Tylke is a non-profit management consultant with a background in arts and association management. Her specialty is working with small to mid-sized performing arts organizations in the areas of organizational development, strategic planning, board development and fund raising. Since beginning her practice in 1996, Ms. Tylke has worked with over 20 organizations ranging in size and level of institutional development. She has experience working closely with well-established institutions such as the Illinois Alliance for Arts Education, The Theatre School at DePaul University, Northern Indiana Arts Association and Child’s Play Touring Theatre as well as with many newly-formed groups including the Chicago Classical Recording Foundation, West Humboldt Park Performing Arts Center, Deeply Rooted Productions and the Revolution Ensemble. Prior to working independently, Ms. Tylke served as the Executive Director for the Chicago Dance Coalition from 1987-1996. She has served on several local, state and national grant review panels including the Illinois Arts Council, National Arts Marketing Center, and National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Tylke holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Recommended by the Arts and Business Council, Ms. Tylke brings years of experience teaching in the On Board program.